The Plains of Mars: European War Prints, 1500-1825, from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation

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From 1500 to 1825, Europe remained in an almost perpetual state of war. Religion, politics, economics, and dynastic ambition all played a role in the turmoil that spread across the continent. War-related printed images also proliferated during this time, serving a variety of functions?commemorative, propagandistic, iconic, narrative, eulogistic, critical, or instructional.

This handsome volume is the first graphic print survey of the theme of war in the early modern period. ...

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Overview

From 1500 to 1825, Europe remained in an almost perpetual state of war. Religion, politics, economics, and dynastic ambition all played a role in the turmoil that spread across the continent. War-related printed images also proliferated during this time, serving a variety of functions—commemorative, propagandistic, iconic, narrative, eulogistic, critical, or instructional.

This handsome volume is the first graphic print survey of the theme of war in the early modern period. Featuring work by such artists as Dürer, Goya, and Géricault, the book presents varied images of soldiers; battles (including specific historical events); production, innovation, and instruction in arms and armor; and representations of abstract concepts related to war and peace. The text includes essays by eminent authorities that illuminate artistic and historical issues of the era.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Clifton and Scattone, director and assistant curator, respectively, of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, do a fine job of delineating the many facets of war and war's effects on society as portrayed in art prints from 1500 to 1825. Advances in printmaking and increased access to paper in Europe allowed for speedier dissemination of material, which created an opportunity to highlight the political and propagandistic purposes of the medium. Developments in weaponry and war strategy, emphasis on noble qualities of the warrior, and portrayal of "the other" combined for a "panoramic view of death, destruction, and human drama" that could be experienced without immediate threat to the audience and that provided for diffusion of information about events directly influencing quality of life in warring communities. The always-timely theme of war and warriors is given its due in this lovely exhibition catalog, published in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. VERDICT This collection of 170 primarily black-and-white images and contextualizing essays will appeal to academics, people interested in war or history, artists, and open-minded browsers.—Nadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300137224
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 4.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James Clifton is the director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and curator of Renaissance and Baroque painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Leslie Scattone is assistant curator at the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation.

 

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Table of Contents

Foreword Peter C. Marzio Marzio, Peter C.

Introduction Leslie M. Scattone Scattone, Leslie M. 1

Wars and Warfare: Europe, 1494-1815 Ira D. Gruber Gruber, Ira D. 8

The Landsknecht: Summer Soldier and Sunshine Patriot Larry Silver Silver, Larry 16

The Grand and the Terrible: European Visions of the Ottomans Emine Fetvaci Fetvaci, Emine 30

Mediated War James Clifton Clifton, James 40

Catalogue of the Exhibition

War 51

Soldiers 57

Soldiers and Civilians 101

Battle 147

Peace 197

Glossary of Printmaking Terms 216

Artists' Biographies 217

References 225

Bibliography 227

Index 247

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